Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Iconic Belle’s 4 timer

There are not many racehorses win 4 in a row, but Iconic Belle did just that today at Catterick, fighting hard up the home straight under Andrew Mullen to win by a short head. This delighted her Owners Alan & Rosemary Jowsey and John & Anne Cornforth – and they are also looking to a return to hurdles at some point this summer, she has already won twice under that code. She is a really special mare, and looked lovely in the paddock today, led up by Katie who won Best Turned Out with her and also with Alsvinder who found the ground a bit too quick for his liking. We also had Splashing running in her first flat race at Lingfield, she can improve from this after coming out the stalls a little slowly and should have learnt a lot from the experience.

It has been freezing at the yard yet again, and after taking two rugs off the horses last week they are all back on again this week, we won’t be getting an early turnout for our NH horses this April.

We are looking forward to Aintree on Friday with our runner ‘Red Force One’ declared for the Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle with Joe Williamson on board. Fred has some good form over hurdles for Paul Nicholls, and although this is a tough task and he is fit and well to take his chance in a competitive handicap.

Red Force One with regular rider, Jodie

Monday saw our lovely mare ‘Musikhani’ produce a filly foal safely, foaling down at the newly formed Millbry Hill Stud. We are looking forward to bringing them home in a couple of weeks. Still to foal this time are resident broodmares Lady Chloe and Skid. Our 2 year old colt, Rosie’s Thunder was born on Grand National day two years ago, and he is out of Skid who happens to be a half sister to Tiger Roll’s dam. Hopefully a good omen for his prospects although we’re not exactly expecting him to become a National winner!

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